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Federal hunting law needs to be defeated

Federal hunting law needs to be defeated

Americans cherish our wildlife

Several weeks ago the House of Representatives voted to pass House Joint Resolution 69. This resolution allows cruel killing methods on 76 million acres of federal public lands in Alaska.

This inhumane and short-sighted measure, Senate Joint Resolution 18 [SJR 18], is about to come before the Senate for a vote. There are so many reasons to oppose SJR 18. It will allow trophy hunters to slaughter wolf and coyote pups and bear cubs in their dens, along with their mothers.

They will be able to fly overhead in planes to track bears and use vicious leg-hold traps and wire snares. Through polls and public testimony, Alaskans themselves have voiced their opposition. One reason they oppose SJR 18 is economic. Wildlife watchers spend five times as much in Alaska as hunters do.

Thankfully, New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have a strong record of standing up for animals, and I sincerely hope they will help put a stop to this terrible cruelty and vote “no” on the companion resolution, SJR 18, when it is voted on in the Senate within the next couple of weeks.

Americans cherish our wildlife; these lands are all of ours to treasure and should be a place of refuge for wildlife. Please call Schumer and Gillibrand urge them to say no to SJR 18.

Angie Diacovo

Clifton Park

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